20th January 2023. Yes, ANOTHER Friday spent at home; what is going on at 2023. But I had good reason to stay put, and in any case Sheffield was now the most popular place on earth according to Time Out, which I appreciate none of you have read since about 2002. To be honest it’s… Continue reading LOOK WHO’S COME TO THE BLIND MONKEY !
14th October 2022. Still ahead of BRAPA, which is all that counts, really. In contrast, there’s no point reading this as Blackpool Jane blogged about the evening, ooh, 3.7 years ago (here), but legally I have to post my photos so here goes; A Friday night as DES to Mrs RM, Aberdeenshire’s own Karen and… Continue reading BROWN SUGAR (PORK SCRATCHINGS)
August 12, 2022. Swindon’s Tap & Brew was about to become my final English Beer Guide tick, with Wales having fallen the day before. I’ve told you about Swindon already. Back home, Mrs RM could sense the excitement. All that lay in the way of GBG immortality were 2 or 3 trips to the far… Continue reading THE QUIET BEFORE THE TICKING STORM
Where were we ? Ah. The Three Tuns. I decided three pubs was enough for the night, leading to a furious debate about whether that alone could constitute “a pub crawl“. No, said Will, and he was my Pub Man of 2021 so I bow to his executive decision. I left Will to his craft… Continue reading BLACK STAR, BLIND MONKEY
3 days off from pubs after my birthday, with trips to see the families and deliver presents. Christmas Eve in Tunbridge Wells, where the in-laws decreed it’s not safe to visit pubs. They’ll be first to complain when they’re all shut. At least on the way down to Kent we’d stopped over at Cambridge’s brutalised… Continue reading CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Next up should have been the micropub in Brough which I know you’re desperate to read about, but on “Freedom Day” I have to bring you a report on my first trip to the bar in what seems like years. I was going to have a day off the beer as I mentally prepared for… Continue reading BACK TO THE BAR
After concluding our house viewing Mrs RM, exhausted by questions about gnomes, grommets and gas cookers, said, “I need a pint“. You can tell who was driving. The Blind Monkey (ex-Firwood Cottage) only re-opened in 2018 so hasn’t graced the GBG yet. Perhaps it never will, as Don McLean sang. Worryingly, it’s owned by Speakeasy… Continue reading BLIND MONKEY